Assistant Coaches


#41

Bewick, Bewick, Bewick…


#42

Choco Williams is available and seems to have done a good job. Could he be coming to Essendon as the prophecy prior to Hirdy & Bomber suggested with the “Don’t make any plans…” thread?


#43

No.
For the love of God.
No.


#44

What’s german or ayers doing they seem to always do well at vfl level


#45

Good to get that Tudor bloke for our structures. Carracella for forward.


#46
Choco Williams is available and seems to have done a good job. Could he be coming to Essendon as the prophecy prior to Hirdy & Bomber suggested with the "Don't make any plans..." thread?

After what we did a couple of years ago, with interviewing him for the head job the same day we announced Hird as coach. There is no way he’ll be coming to Essendon.


#47
Choco Williams is available and seems to have done a good job. Could he be coming to Essendon as the prophecy prior to Hirdy & Bomber suggested with the "Don't make any plans..." thread?

After what we did a couple of years ago, with interviewing him for the head job the same day we announced Hird as coach. There is no way he’ll be coming to Essendon.

I forgot about that.


#48

Gary Lyon.

This could be the coaching gig that he’s been waiting to crop up after all these years.


#49
Gary Lyon.

This could be the coaching gig that he’s been waiting to crop up after all these years.

No thank you


#50
Brian Royal

Nah, we’ll interview him, but he’ll run a close second


#51
Terry Daniher. In any role or no role. Just want him around the club.

TD nearly ran over me one day in the old ‘Colonial Stadium’ car park. I didn’t realise it was him at first, so I gave him a mouthful. He just drove past, wound down the window, told me to fark off and flipped me the bird.

I was stoked when I realised it was him.


#52
Terry Daniher. In any role or no role. Just want him around the club.

TD nearly ran over me one day in the old ‘Colonial Stadium’ car park. I didn’t realise it was him at first, so I gave him a mouthful. He just drove past, wound down the window, told me to fark off and flipped me the bird.

I was stoked when I realised it was him.

Walking into the office from the carpark one morning about 20 years ago and here’s TD up a ladder cleaning the windows, and he looks down and says “G’day mate”. Wasn’t expecting that. Made my day. I probably need to grow up at some stage… nah.


#53
Terry Daniher. In any role or no role. Just want him around the club.

TD nearly ran over me one day in the old ‘Colonial Stadium’ car park. I didn’t realise it was him at first, so I gave him a mouthful. He just drove past, wound down the window, told me to fark off and flipped me the bird.

I was stoked when I realised it was him.

“Thank you sir, may I have another?”


#54

I think our coaching department is seriously under resourced.

How Skippy has lasted since the days of Knights I think only could be a testament to the turmoil the club was in at the end of last year.

Other successful clubs have specific coaches for:

Goal kicking
Stoppages
Key positions
Extra midfield coach
Ball movement
Extra development coaches for forwards, midfield and defence
Senior Assistant

We have combined the position of Head of Development with the VFL head coach this year, we do have at least one extra coaches who isn’t credited on our website, apparently Dan Jordan was added to our development coaching panel this year. The blurbs on our various coaches which were written after the last round in 2015 have Egan as the backline coach and Skippy as VFL coach. And whatever Mark Neeld does as Game Performance Manager is anyone’s guess.

I hope we have a well worked out needs based coaching panel for next year, but have been happy with Woosha, Harvey in defence and Bluey in the midfield. Lloydy admits he didn’t finish his job with Joe in 2015 as his set shot coach and that it was his ball drop that still needed work (said he identified 5 different issues 4 of which he thought he addressed).

I know there is a salary cap issue with the football department, but we need to develop more polish and precision with our ball movement and goal kicking this year, otherwise we can’t expect to climb into the 8 let alone the top 4.


#55
Terry Daniher. In any role or no role. Just want him around the club.

TD nearly ran over me one day in the old ‘Colonial Stadium’ car park. I didn’t realise it was him at first, so I gave him a mouthful. He just drove past, wound down the window, told me to fark off and flipped me the bird.

I was stoked when I realised it was him.

Hmmmm strange - he doesn’t normally miss.


#56
Terry Daniher. In any role or no role. Just want him around the club.

TD nearly ran over me one day in the old ‘Colonial Stadium’ car park. I didn’t realise it was him at first, so I gave him a mouthful. He just drove past, wound down the window, told me to fark off and flipped me the bird.

I was stoked when I realised it was him.

“Thank you sir, may I have another?”

Give us hell TD


#57
Choco Williams is available and seems to have done a good job. Could he be coming to Essendon as the prophecy prior to Hirdy & Bomber suggested with the "Don't make any plans..." thread?

After what we did a couple of years ago, with interviewing him for the head job the same day we announced Hird as coach. There is no way he’ll be coming to Essendon.

Although we have a pretty different administration setup nowaydays. If The X man was to contact him, im sure Choco would hear him out. Xavier seems to be a very respectful and level headed bloke.


#58

Apologies in advance for the source of this historical article, but before I realised who wrote it (the web page rendered as plain text and I wasn’t paying enough attention), I found it an interesting tid bit, which can be viewed as Essendon positive and Patrick Smith negative from the pre Hird as coach era, and may go some way to explain how Skipworth was separated out from the issues with Knights:

One more hurdle for Skipworth

Caroline Wilson | June 7, 2009

HAYDEN Skipworth’s eight-year journey to 50 AFL games has seen him clear so many obstacles it seems cruel to imagine the most recent hurdle which almost wiped him out emotionally was based on an unsubstantiated rumour.

Skipworth doesn’t read newspapers, he says, so it was via word of mouth that he learned of the mounting speculation launched after his first senior game with Essendon in round-one — started in a rival newspaper — that his fellow players resented his promotion to the senior team.

“To be honest it really did cut me up,” Skipworth told The Sunday Age. “To get that said about you is the worst thing that can be said about a footballer; that my teammates didn’t want me in the team.”

The rumour widened to suggest that senior Essendon players were at odds with their coach. Skipworth was so shattered at the idea he might be in the middle of such issues that, according to coach Matthew Knights: “He virtually didn’t want to run out.”

“He actually had to will himself to do that, to play that week,” Knights said. “He didn’t come to me because he probably didn’t see me as the issue. To say your teammates don’t want you is a lot worse than the coach not wanting you.”

But Skipworth did not fret for long. Matthew Lloyd, Mark McVeigh and Jobe Watson repeatedly bailed him up over the following days and weeks to reassure him that the story, first reported in The Australian by senior journalist Patrick Smith, was not true.

Lloyd stood up at a team meeting and declared the perpetuator of the Skipworth rumours no longer welcome at Essendon while McVeigh took a different tack.

He told his new teammate that once he found out who has spread the story: “I could have first crack,” said Skipworth smiling, “and he could have second crack. He was pretty angry. I have never seen the team that united.”

Knights believes the scuttlebutt surrounding the team at the time has had a positive effect on Essendon’s season. “The players were quite aggressive about what was being said,” Knights said. “It bordered on anger that Hayden had had to go through that.”

Knights said Skipworth’s attitude to football made the story all the more ridiculous. “He puts other players ahead of himself constantly,” Knights said. “He’s very sacrificial to the point where I have to remind him of his own role and how it’s also important.”

Skipworth describes his football strength as an ability to read the play and humbly offers that he is not a bad mark for his size. His weakness, he says, is that he thinks too much and suffers unduly from stress leading up to games .

theage.com.au/news/rfnews/one-more-hurdle-for-skipworth/2009/06/06/1244234424265.html


#59

Skipworth doesn’t read newspapers, he says, so it was via word of mouth that he learned of the mounting speculation launched after his first senior game with Essendon in round-one — started in a rival newspaper — that his fellow players resented his promotion to the senior team.

“To be honest it really did cut me up,” Skipworth told The Sunday Age. “To get that said about you is the worst thing that can be said about a footballer; that my teammates didn’t want me in the team.”

And you look around today, and the exact same thing is happening.
Grats, Blitz.


#60
I think our coaching department is seriously under resourced.

How Skippy has lasted since the days of Knights I think only could be a testament to the turmoil the club was in at the end of last year.

Other successful clubs have specific coaches for:

Goal kicking
Stoppages
Key positions
Extra midfield coach
Ball movement
Extra development coaches for forwards, midfield and defence
Senior Assistant

We have combined the position of Head of Development with the VFL head coach this year, we do have at least one extra coaches who isn’t credited on our website, apparently Dan Jordan was added to our development coaching panel this year. The blurbs on our various coaches which were written after the last round in 2015 have Egan as the backline coach and Skippy as VFL coach. And whatever Mark Neeld does as Game Performance Manager is anyone’s guess.

I hope we have a well worked out needs based coaching panel for next year, but have been happy with Woosha, Harvey in defence and Bluey in the midfield. Lloydy admits he didn’t finish his job with Joe in 2015 as his set shot coach and that it was his ball drop that still needed work (said he identified 5 different issues 4 of which he thought he addressed).

I know there is a salary cap issue with the football department, but we need to develop more polish and precision with our ball movement and goal kicking this year, otherwise we can’t expect to climb into the 8 let alone the top 4.

I will make a guess,

For at least the first half of the year, Neeld appeared to handle all communication with the bench, and act as Wooshas game day right hand man ( literally and figuratively). As I recall towards the end of the year, Woosha began to make direct communication with the bench. Possibly that indicated a frustration with Neeld himself or just a desire to communicate more directly.
The Neeld role presumably is to be across the individual strengths and weaknesses of opposing players and the opposing team on game day and leading up to it. I presume that the Opposition Analysts report to Neeld who handles this facet, which changes every week and would be a very significant distraction to a Head Coach .